Lethal Argentina give Irish lesson in nine-goal thriller
Ireland don't often concede six goals but that's what happened in Dublin last night as World No.6 Argentina showed how clincial they are in a 6-3 success.
The Irish had fought back from 3-1 down to level 3-3 through through Annadale's Michael Robson but Los Leones were lethal with Gonzalo Peillat scoring a hat-trick of set pieces.
Coach Craig Fulton gave more fringe players a chance, including a second half run to No.2 keeper David Fitzgerald.
The Irish opened brightly with Kyle Good scoring on his 50th cap but two Peillat corners and a Manuel Brunet deflection left them trailing.
Alan Sothern's penalty corner and Robson's fine effort levelled matters but Brunet, Luca Vila and Peillat all scored in the final quarter.
Meanwhile Ulster U16s and U18s started with wins in their inter-provincials in Dublin.
The U18s beat Munster 4-2 with goals from Rachel Burns (2), Jessica McMaster and Kathryn Edgar while the U16s beat South East 3-1 with goals from Erin Anderson, Laura McCaw and Elle Kirgan.